In the center of Himeji, Japan on a hill top above the city, the tower of Himeji Castle rises into the skyline. This castle was built in the early 14th century and several hundred years later it was expanded. At the base of the castle there is a well which is located next to what is called the Hari-kiri Maru or in English, the suicide gate. This is where those who have been dishonored are forced to take their own lives via disembowelment by their own sword. The well was used to clean up after each Hari-kiri ceremony. There is one particular victim who did not take their own life here that has returned to haunt those who wrongly put her to death.
Centuries ago, a Himeji Castle servant girl named Okiku took care of a most revered treasure of the lord who lived there, ten gilded plates the value of which was more than imaginable. Read the full story>>